Letter from William [McKeand?] to Eliza Quilty
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- Correspondence, Quilty, Elizabeth "Eliza", United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States - Army - Vermont Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865), Letters, Manuscripts
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[Direct?] - Camp Lyon Chain Bridge D.C Aug. 23d 1861
Friend Lisia I Recd. yesterday the papers sent by you also, some writing paper. both were acceptable to me. we can get plenty paper here but. I will take the hint and send one. of them back again! you will see by the headding [sic] of this letter that we have moved some. twenty miles from our old camp Ground we are beautifuly [sic] situated here. our tents are pitched on the heights. commanding chain Bridge are other important passes of the Potomac there is [strikethrough] at [/strikethrough] a Battery of 2. Brass pieces 32 Pounders commanding The Bridge below and a Battery of 5 guns of a larger. Caliber 60 ft. above in perfect Range of What clear. land there is near the Bridge also the Bridge is 560 ft. in length 70 ft.
of which is constructed so as to be let down when we, get our Friends [opr?] for, the purpose of. bat here then to There hearts content also on a hill still higher there is a battery of 3. more. Bull dogs commanding towards Fairfax we have also trenches dug al- ready for our men to pop in to we are in close. proximity of the Vt 3rd N. York 33rd and Maine 6th being the Total amt. of our force here. This Is thought to be impregnable by the Vt 3rd who has not been to Bull Run my opinions is that [strikethrough] is [/strikethrough] it is [strikethrough] [—-] [/strikethrough] easier to be taken than [necessary?] you ought to hear the Vt 3rd talk about fighting they would have taken Bull Run o. yes they wouldn’t Run o no I would like to see then whiped [sic] and I believe I will before many days they look Rather beter [sic] than we do and they know it wait till they go through The hardships we have and
Finally end up with running from the Bull and these clos[–] will mend [changin?] the weather is warm here day -time and it is cold enough to freeze you Nightly but I manage to get along. easy and if we do not have as much [–udy] to carrie [sic] a[–]and as we do to home. I suppose the Stenves of Big [Bethell?] are at home telling some awfull [sic] stories poor boys I supose [sic] they feel as nice as a new top I see that you Marke Dixie yes I am As far down as I want to be but not as far down as I have been (we intend to winter in Richmond) in a hogs eye. Liza you must excuse me for writing you such stuff But I feel. Just like it now Seing I have just been Relief of Guard Duty Poor. Hammond Is gone. I have felt very lonesome since he went we sat and talked the Night before the Battle for 2 hours
little did he think that in was his last night I thought we were both spoke for I was certain When them Rifle cannon balls And boms [sic] were spreading Desti[—] In our Ranks one. thing made me Quail the first when we went on the field the Rebels gave us a general salute with 5[–] cannon balls killing our colour bearer and taken one Serg. Arm of [sic] and the Noise was enough to deafen the Dying men, laying on there [sic] backs with there [sic] eyes t[—] of heads smashed to pieces [—–] any Quantrie [—-] around the field the [Heast?] was the worse. I would have layne down on the field had I thought they would not have killed me. I heard from [H Many?] he is in Col [—] Regt Arlington Heights give my love to all the girls and boys in Brandon and tell some of them to write To me, soon a[—] this give my love to Kate and mother and Father also to J Falk[–] Tell John I should like to have his Report him self [sic] at head Quarters [sic] and answer my letters Excuse this as I am Very tired and slopy [sic] write soon From Dixie W M’CK [sic]
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